Otto Von Guericke University - [OVGU], Magdeburg, Saxony

    Magdeburg, SaxonyLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd 1993established year

    Otto von Guericke University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Otto von Guericke University, founded in 1993, is named after one of the greatest physicists Otto von Guericke. The university is located in the heart of Germany and is seen as a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe evident from the comprehensive internationalization of its teaching and research. Otto von Guericke University with a student body of around 14,000 students focuses more on traditional areas of engineering, the natural sciences, and medicine along with essential modern-day disciplines like economics and management and the social sciences and humanities, making it one of the best universities in Germany.

    Otto Von Guericke University  Campus

    Otto von Guericke has an international student population of around 3,026 from across the globe who can choose from a wide range of bachelor, master, teaching degree programs, and doctoral studies. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg as a step towards internationalization maintains over 300 global partnerships with 245 institutions in around 60 countries at university, faculty, and institutional level.

    Otto von Guericke Rankings

    Given below are the rankings of the university

    • CWUR World University Rankings 2018-19: #600
    • National Rank by CWUR World University Rankings 2018-19: #45
    • Academic writing of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University for 2019: #601
    • Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report for 2020: #769


    Year of foundation 1993
    Type Public
    Campus Setting Urban
    Location Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
    Cost of Attendance 128.50 EUR
    Admission Helpdesk +49 391 67-58751

    Otto von Guericke University Campus

    • OVGU consists of a beautiful campus.
    • It conducts its research, teaching, and studying through nine faculties, two research centers, and ten central facilities.
    • OVGU is located in the Magdeburg city of Saxony-Anhalt state of Germany near Berlin and the University itself is situated on the edge of river Elbe providing a scenic view to the campus setup.
    • The city of Magdeburg has an abundant range of scientific institutions and research centers.
    • There are a number of student organizations ranging from political groups to various cultural groups enabling each student to make their presence felt through their activities.
    • OVGU also organizes various social activities such as company relay races, dragon boat regatta, skyscraper run, triathlon, etc.
    • Students can travel free of cost throughout the city using the student ID card.

    Otto von Guericke Residence

    • Students need to look for their favorite means of residence either your own apartment, shared apartment, or the affordable student dormitories.
    • Student dormitories are operated by Studentenwerk Magdeburg, providing around 1,663 places in proximity to campus. These can be shared or even single, usually furnished with a bed, wardrobe, and desk, having its own bathroom and a small kitchen.
    • Other than these some other accommodation options are also available in Germany for the students

    Otto von Guericke Programs

    • OVGU offers more than 100 bachelors, masters, English language, teacher training, and doctoral programs in the fields ranging from educational science, medical technology, to business mathematics, etc.
    • OVGU undertakes various programs through nine faculties of. Some of them are Mechanical Engineering, Process & Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science.
    • OVGU has two research centers for Behavioural Brain Sciences and other for dynamic systems- biosystems technology.
    • Most of the courses provided by OVGU are admission-free courses i.e. students would definitely be placed into the course provided they meet the admission requirements. And certain courses are admission-restricted i.e. they are subject to teaching capacities and the procedure is carried out in accordance with university law requirements.

    Otto von Guericke Application Process

    Seeking admission at Otto von Guericke can be a cakewalk for prospective students provided you meet the admission requirements and apply for various courses within the given admission deadlines. Thus, it’s imperative to take care of the following points before making an application:

    Application Portal: University’s official website

    Application Fee: 75 EUR

    Admission Deadlines: The following are the usual admission application deadlines for students applying through uni-assist eV:

    Application Period Deadlines
    Winter Semester July 15
    Summer Semester January 15

    However, the application deadline for the Winter Semester 2020/21 has been rescheduled to April 22nd, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Undergraduate Student Admission Requirements

    • Printed application form
    • Copy of passport with personal data
    • Secondary school leaving certificate officially certified and translated either into English or German
    • Copy of university-level entrance exam of the domestic country
    • Officially certified and translated certificates of any other educational qualification
    • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL)
    • Proof of payment of application fee

    Supporting documents: letter of motivation, proof of internship, letter of recommendation, proof of aptitude tests,

    Graduate Student Admission Requirements

    • Certificates of Bachelor degree, diploma or any other previously attended educational institute’s certificate
    • Officially certified and translated either into English or German
    • University entrance test results such as GRE or GMAT scores
    • Proof of language proficiency (C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference e.g. through DSH, TestDaf, TOEFL, IELTS, CAE)

    Supporting Documents:

    • Aptitude test
    • Resume/ CV (optional)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Proof of payment of application fee
    • Statement of purpose

    Otto von Guericke Cost of Attendance

    The tuition fee is not charged for the first degree at federal state universities and tuition fees have to be paid for second degree only. And thus, students are required to pay only the semester fee of 128.50 EUR calculated as follows:

    Expenses Amount (EUR)
    Student Union Fee 77
    Semester ticket 40
    Student body fee 11.50
    Total 128.50

    Otto von Guericke Financial Aid for International Students

    • Otto von Guericke offers scholarships to students with an amount of 300 EUR per month for at least two semesters. Scholarships offered by Deutschlandstipendium, family scholarships, and business scholarship.
    • Students can apply for the scholarship beginning from June 1, 2020.
    • Some of the other financial aid programs include family grants, graduate funding, talented promotional organizations, and some other scholarship options.
    • Students can also earn besides their course of study by doing some part-time jobs subject to the maximum limit of 450 EUR per month by working for not more than 20 hours of work per week.
    • Alternatively, some other scholarship options are also available

    Otto von Guericke Alumni

    • Some of the notable alumni of OVGU are
      • Bernhard Preim- human-computer interface design specialist
      • Christian Kastner- researcher
      • Hermann Winkler- German politician
      • Dagmar Schipanski- German physicist, academic, and politician.
    • OVGU organizes various events for its alumni such as graduation celebrations, alumni meetings, professional exchange programs, career promotion through networking, etc.

    Otto von Guericke Placement

    • OVGU conducts a number of career fairs, workshops, webinars, etc. to assist students to identify the career that suits them and thereby the path to entering that career with a kickstart. Students can go through various job portals and get in contact with various employers.
    • The career services train its students the right manner to apply for any job by guiding them in the right manner of preparing a CV, cover letter, etc.

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    Otto von Guericke University Overview

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    $285 / Year

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    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $285 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $285 / Year


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    8.3 /10

    It was like a dream for me to study in a college abroad. But I conquered this dream of mine by convincing my parents for the same. I applied to this university with one of my second cousins. We both applied via the uni-assist app to complete the admission application. The application fee for the program was € 75.

    Course Curriculum :

    My course is designed to equip us with the knowledge, methods, and skills essential for professions in upper and top-level management of internationally operating organizations. We will gain the skills necessary for handling problems and developing structured, theory-based solutions within the relevant fields. The course is getting us full of decent knowledge required by the emerging leaders in this field.

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    7 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    Universitätspl. 2, 39106 Magdeburg

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    • Airport
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    Book Store

    Prima Service GmbH Fil. Magdeburg Breiter Weg0.62 km
    Thalia Magdeburg - Allee-Center1.27 km
    Comic-Kombinat1.33 km
    Bookstore Fritz Wahle1.40 km
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    Westernplan Apotheke1.52 km
    Mohren-Apotheke2.06 km
    Tiger-Apotheke2.09 km
    Hufeland Apotheke2.74 km
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    OK Folien Bianca Ziemer4.44 km
    Hubschrauberlandeplatz4.60 km
    Heliport4.80 km
    FMB airfield Magdeburg mbH7.06 km

    Shopping Mall

    Alieu drammen1.19 km
    Sanifair1.25 km
    Allee Center Magdeburg1.25 km
    Active Footwear Market1.62 km
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    Elbe-mvz GmbH1.66 km
    Frau Dr. med. Claudia Tautenhahn1.82 km
    Hospital St. Marienstift Magdeburg GmbH3.22 km
    Herr Dr. med. Hans-Peter Hennig3.22 km
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    Bus Station

    Magdeburg205.83 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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